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7 Benefits of Eating Raw Food

7 Benefits of Eating Raw Food.

Along with air and water, food is essential to human survival. Like air and water there is a direct correlation with the quality of the food that you consume and your health and wellness. A diet high in raw fruit, vegetables and nuts has so many more benefits that the “Standard American/Australian Diet” (SAD) which has resulted in high rates of obesity and lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, tooth and bone decay and cancer.

One of the secrets to a lifestyle of health and sustainability is replacing processed and cooked food with natural foods that are raw. Choose produce direct from an organic farmer of even better homegrown using permaculture. Then you can walk outside and pick your broccoli leaves for your daily green juice make fresh salads with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and shallots.

I hear some of you saying,”I don’t like vegetables and eating salad every day would be boring.” It doesn’t have to be this way and my friend Gail has a great selection of raw cakes and desserts on her blog Gail’s raw temptations [1].

There are many benefits to increasing the proportion of your meals which raw. Ideally you should start by setting a goal of 50% raw foods, however the benefits of a raw diet really kick in when you reach 70% percent raw food.

  1. Improved health. Increasing the amount of raw food in your diet   
  2. The nutrients are readily available. Nutrients in raw food are readily  available for use in the body.
  3. The nutrients aren’t destroyed by cooking. Phytonutrients in plants are destroyed by cooking the food above 130 degree
  4. Consume a wider range of nutrients. People who choose to eat raw food consume a wider range of nutrients than people in a diet high in processed food.
  5. Less immune response. Eating cooked and processed food causes an immune response in the body. So by increasing the amount of raw food in your diet you can have less of an immune response.
  6. Weight loss. Moving away from a diet high in processed carbohydrates and low in nutrients towards a diet high in complex carbohydrates and fibre  
  7. Cheaper:  A raw food diet is cheaper because there are less add on costs such as manufacturing and less packaging. There is also less environmental cost in the production of edible foods.

Bonus Benefit: You can grow raw food at home in your own garden.

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Check out this video about the benefits of raw food

Find out more about raw food here at

Raw Food Life  http://www.rawfoodlife.com/#axzz3jgGSRMxC

[1] http://gailsrawtemptations.blogspot.com.au/
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7 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water Daily

The 7 benefits of lemon water. 7 reasons why drinking lemon water every morning is good for your health.

by James Arthur Warren

Lemons are a healthy fruit. Lemons originated from the middle east at the base of the Himalayas and spread around the world as one of the most widely consumed tropical fruits. Lemons contain many bioactive compounds, vitamins and essential mineral that assist in maintaining healthy body function. These include ascorbic acid, vitamin C, thiamin, pantothenic acid, iron, riboflavin, fibre, vitamin B6, copper, folate, potassium, beta-carotenes, lutein, vitamin A, zeaxanthin. All of these compounds have many health benefits. [1]

Water is life for without water we can not live.

Lemon water is simple to make. Take a large glass of water and squeeze half a lemon into it. It is a great refreshing way to begin every morning when you first wake up and a healthy habit to get into.

  1. Lemon water hydrates your body. Water is an essential element to human survival. It is necessary for cell function and without water you would only survive for 3 to 5 days. After sleeping all night the body is dehydrated from respiration and drinking water rehydrates the body in order for it to work efficiently. There is evidence “that water plays an important role in both the specificity and affinity of protein-DNA interactions” [2]
  2. Lemons contain Vitamin C. Lemons are high in ascorbic acid, vitamin C which has numerous benefits. These include: fighting infections, repairing the skin and promoting healing.
  3. Lemon water helps you lose weight. There are benefits to drinking water that include weight loss [3]. However Lemons contain pectin which is a soluble fibre. Pectin helps prevent hunger cravings.
  4. Helps detox. [4] Firstly, you increase the amount of urine when you increase your water intake. This helps to eliminate toxins. However lemons contain citric acid which is known to inhibit toxins and also enhances the ability of your body to flush out toxins naturally. [5] [6]
  5. Lemon Water Aids Digestion. One of the components of lemons are citric flavonoids which aid in lipid (fat) metabolism.[7]
  6. Immune system boost. Lemons contain Vitamin C which is an immune system booster. Vitamin C is also good for relieving stress.
  7. Energy. Yes drinking lemon water gives you energy.

Check out this video for more infomation on the benefits of drinking lemon water.

Bonus Benefit: Drinking lemon water helps to give you fresh breath.

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[1] http://foodfacts.mercola.com/lemon.html
[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9032063
[3] http://www.webmd.com/diet/20040105/drinking-water-may-speed-weight-loss
[4] http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/nutrition/nutrition+tips/kick+start+your+day+with+lemon+and+water,23007
[5] http://rootandsprouts.com/benefits-of-lemon-water-according-to-science/

[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2637791/
[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23254473

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7 benefits of apple cider vinegar

7 benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most versatile products a sustainable home can have.
It is useful for: diabetes heart health weight loss sinus, sore throat aid digestion warts, skin irritation sunburn, insect bites, energy, natural cleaning, weed killer odour neutraliser, veggie wash hair rinse, facial and skin toner and many more things.

  1. Apple cider vinegar is high in acetic acid. Acetic acid has good biological effects
  2. Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial effects.The main ingredient, acetic acid kills bacteria and prevents them reaching harmful levels. Apple cider vinegar is used as a preservative and disinfectant.
  3. Lowers blood sugar levels. Apple cider vinegar has numerous benefits for insulin function and blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
  4. Weight Loss Apple cider vinegar aids in weight loss because it helps to regulate insulin function.
  5. Cleans hair and skin. Apple cider vinegar is a harmless cleaner of both hair and skin. Apply apple cider vinegar to your hair and skin in the shower for a chemical free clean.
  6. Safe cleaning agent Apple cider vinegar can be used in everyday household cleaning.
  7. Detox Detoxify your home by using apple cider vinegar for your health and for cleaning. It has many uses and can reduce your use of harmful chemical cleaning agents.

Bonus benefit :By using apple cider vinegar and less commercial cleaners and soaps you are saving orangutans.Thousands of hectares of rainforest are cut down to produce palm oil in plantations. This rainforest in Malaysia and Indonesia is home to many orangutans whose habitat is being destroyed. Using apple cider vinegar as a substitute can help reduce the habitat destruction of these wonderful animals. You can find out more about how orangutans are threatened by palm oil plantations here.

There is more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar here at mercola.com

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